A group of independent U.N. human rights experts called on the Honduran government to do more in protecting human rights defenders of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people Tuesday.
"We are deeply concerned that in Honduras, even today, human rights defenders and activists who protect and promote the human rights of GLBTI people are often the target of violent acts," the experts said.
The U.N. experts' request comes after numerous attacks against such advocates, including the attempted assassination of Osmin David Valle Castillo, a prominent LGBTI activists and a program manager at the Center for LGBTI Development and Cooperation.
In response to the attempted assassination, the panel of U.N. experts urged “Honduran authorities to ensure the effectiveness of this investigation and that all those responsible are brought to justice and convicted."
They also asserted that any act of violence committed against these activists requires a firm response from the Honduran government, otherwise, their important work cannot be assured.
On July 10, Valle Castillo responded to his doorbell ringing. As soon as he opened the door an unidentified man banged his head against the wall and he was subsequently chased around his house by the suspect with a sharp object and beaten for over 10 minutes, according to Criterio.
In April, Sherlyn Montoya, a trans activist and well-known drag star, was tortured and strangled to death in Tegucigalpa.
Montoya, dubbed “La Diva,” was found wrapped in gunny sacks in a small alleyway in the country’s capital city, Gay Star News reported. She was murdered two days after headlining her "Divas and Drag Show" the previous weekend.